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PHOTO: Seyi Tinubu flies presidential jet to watch polo game in Kano with friends


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Seyi Tinubu, the son of President Bola Tinubu is currently under the eye of the storm after he flew the presidential jet to watch a game at the Kano International Polo Tournament on Sunday with his friends

Photos of Mr Seyi alighting from the presidential jet in Kano flooded social media on Monday, sparking criticisms from Nigerians.

Seyi Tinubu’s usage of the presidential private jet which comes amid hardship in Nigeria mirrors what happened in January 2020 when then-President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan, took a private photography trip to Bauchi State on a presidential jet.

Nigerians reacting to the development condemned the president’s son for using tax payers’ money for his own personal gain which is not of use to the country.

The discussion started when a journalist, Jaafar Jaafar, on Monday, lambasted Seyi’s use of a presidential jet for non-official purposes, citing a similar instance when President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan, travelled in a presidential jet for a photo tour.

Sharing photos on his X (formally Twitter), Jaafar wrote, “Here’s Tinubu’s golden child, Seyi, travelling in a presidential jet to watch polo in Kano. But this trend did not start today. Buhari set the bad example when he allowed his daughter, Hanan, to travel in a presidential jet for a photo tour in Bauchi. Even if our laws are vague on this, one thing is clear. This is an offence to the moral code of leadership.”

While reacting to the post, an X user HGBashar, said, “Buhari merely sought the title of ‘President’ without understanding or respecting the sanctity of the office. The audacity to let his daughter, Hanan, use a presidential jet for a mere photo tour in Bauchi was the beginning of this mockery.

“Now we see Tinubu’s protege, Seyi, hopping on the same jet for a polo match in Kano. It’s not just about the laws, it’s about ethics, morals, and respect for the position. Our leaders must do more than just occupy an office; they must uphold its dignity.”

Meanwhile, the presidency is yet to issue a statement in respect to the abuse of public asset by Seyi Tinubu.

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